Voting for the second phase of Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir is being held today.
Forty blocks – 17 in Jammu region, 12 in Kashmir and 11 in Ladakh region – are going to polls in this phase. Polling started at 8 this morning and it will conclude at 2 PM. Counting of votes will be taken up immediately after the polling ends.
One thousand thirty-eight candidates are in the fray for 468 Sarpanch Halqas and 4,165 candidates for 3610 Panch wards in this phase.
The polls are being conducted on a non-party basis. Adequate security measures have been put in place and forces deployed in strength to ensure smooth and peaceful polling.
Around 74 per cent voting was recorded in the first phase on Saturday.
The Panchayat elections are being held in nine phases. Last Panchayat polls in the state took place in 2011.